New Leaf offers education, training and employment to young people by creating educational gardens. We are based at West Dulwich railway station and do outreach work across London. The New Leaf Garden will become a ‘pocket’ Botanical Garden, depicting the evolution of flowering plants through time: – starting in the pond with waterlilies (140 million years ago), through magnolias and up to the current day. For the latest developments of our project, click through to our Facebook page here.
New Leaf’s founder – botanist and plant historian – Vinnie acts as a mentor to the young people we train. New Leaf has helped young people start careers as gardeners, tree surgeons, construction workers and more. We have just launched a programme of accredited courses through the exam board AQA, and hope to expand into the delivery of BTEC and Level 2 Horticulture courses.
New Leaf is already a hub for people in Dulwich, with friends dropping by at all times to chat, to do their shift in the book shop, and to drop-off unwanted books for us. Local people of all ages come and learn about the plant and insect life on our doorstep, and we would like to run more regular gardening workshops for locals and children. We are often featured in local newspapers, and New Leaf has won the Our Heroes’ Award, Community Project of the Year, and has earned the South London Press/Shell UK Awards three years running (2010, 2011, 2012).